It's Goodbye from Me! | King's Hall School Taunton

I have been doing the weekly newsletter for the past 9 years I have been running boarding, and there are some things I will not miss! I will, however, miss the children who have become my extended family. I never knew my heart could experience the highs and lows of a boarding family, but it did. I have loved every minute of being with the children and have experienced so many wonderful things.

Our trip to Cornwall for a weekend was just the best. It was in the middle of  March, and we were paddling in the sea, picnicking on the beach, eating fish and chips  at Rick Steins  and enjoying trips around the bays in a  speed  boat. For  several  years we would camp out on the last weekend of term,  toasting  sausages  and  marshmallows  and going on torch  light  walks  through the woods.

There were emotional times as well. It was never easy saying goodbye to the leavers. There was one boy called  Terrence  who arrived at the  front  door on his own,  aged 6,  suitcase in hand saying “Hi I'm Terrence, I think this is my new  school?” He  arrived in Year 3 and left in Year 8 and very quickly became a very special member of the boarding house. Coming away from home to board at school at such a young age meant that we all took  him under our wings  and watched him grow over the  years into a loveable, scruffy  monosyllabic  teenager. When it was time for him to leave King's, he said to me, “Why are you crying Mrs Masters?” I replied, “because  I will miss you Terrence” and  his reply was, “Whatever!” but in his own awkward  way we all knew he would miss us too. 

There  has not  been a day gone by when I haven’t felt that warm feeling of proudness, whether it be a boarder  achieving  something or just the odd comment of, “How  was your day  Mrs  Masters?” Taking them out on trips was always a pleasure knowing  that they would  behave,  remember  their manners and just being  grateful for what they had  experienced.  

The  hardest thing, I think, was  homesickness, it is so hard seeing any child upset and knowing the best we can do is just be there, listen and comfort them, although Snoops is by far the best distraction! You  cannot  beat a good lick and a cuddle from the boarding dog!  

There is one thing however that I cannot  walk away from, and that is Snoops. I  cannot  thank Ali Milburn  enough  for gifting us a school dog. When we went to have  a look  at  a litter  of puppies, and this  crazy  bundle  of fur jumped into my bag as if to say, “Pick me, pick me!!”. It is without a doubt the best  thing that we have ever been given. Snoops has at some point reached out his paw to  each  one  of us with his  licks,  cuddles, party tricks and  is very much the perfect school dog. As I  can't  let him go, he will still come with me to nursery a couple of days a  week  and I will steal him away  for the  occasional  weekend and  a few weeks in the holidays  but he will continue to be in and around the boarding  house  and school  doing the job he does best, spreading  love and happiness among us all. 

A huge thank you to the amazing boarding team but  particularly  to all the wonderful children I have had the pleasure of looking after over the years. 

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